TMZ has the latest scoop on the woman who was once almost vice-president of the United States. Last week a Wasilla police officer busted Palin for driving her Toyota Tundra 63 mph in a 45 mph zone. Does she regret breaking the rules? No, sir! "I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying," she explained (as one would for a NASCAR race), adding that listening to Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55" was a contributing factor in the incident. Palin ended up with a $154 ticket, which we're sure she'll pay, assuming she doesn't hear "Runnin' With the Devil" anytime in the next few days.
We interupt this day (week? month ...) of terrible news to bring you a very important moving image of 16-year-old Dante de Blasio steering a boat like a boss off the coast of Naples, his mayor dad in tow. Or, if you will, "Bill De Blasio e il figlio Dante in gommone a Capri," because it sounds even better that way.
The NYPD would appreciate the public's help in solving yet another problem created by the staff of Rikers Island: On July 15, a 23-year-old inmate named Kimmanie Waisome was released from the prison even though his sentence is not up until July 15 of next year. It reportedly took the Department of Correction three days to notice the mistake.
This Guy Is Probably the Only Cross-Dressing Assumed Murderer Once Played by Ryan Gosling to Ever Get Arrested for Peeing on Candy at CVSBy Joe Coscarelli
When we last checked in on Robert Durst, the millionaire NYC real-estate heir whose colorful past, immortalized in the Ryan Gosling film All Good Things, includes a trail of dead bodies and some women's clothing disguises, he'd moved back to the city to live next to a funeral home. These days, apparently, he's back in Texas (where he killed his 71-year-old neighbor and got off on self-defense) but just can't seem to stay out of trouble.
As you have probably noticed, our streak of pleasant summer weather ended today when a thick cloud of smog rolled into town. The haze isn't just ugly and oppressive — it's also dangerous. With the Air Quality Index at an unofficially "unhealthy" 110, the National Weather Service has issued an alert advising New Yorkers to avoid "strenuous outdoor physical activity" until 10 p.m. (People with conditions such as asthma or heart disease should be extra careful.) On the upside, this gives anyone who doesn't go on a run tonight an opportunity to feel smug about their healthy choice.
Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother who was jailed for letting her 9-year-old daughter play, unsupervised, at a crowded park, is now out of a job. Harrell's lawyer, Robert Phillips, told Think Progress that his client was fired from her position at McDonald's, even though she was released on bond the day after she was arrested. A spokesperson for the fast-food chain declined to explain exactly why Harrell was let go.
The video says otherwise, but an internal NYPD report claims the arrest of Eric Garner on Staten Island went relatively smoothly, except for the cardiac-arrest part. The preliminary document, obtained by the New York Daily News, quotes Sergeant Dhanan Saminath, an officer present at the scene, saying "he perpetrator's did not appear to be in great distress." Shall we check the tape on that? Nope, definitely full of distress.
I’m Arab-American. My Boyfriend Is Jewish. A Selfie of Us Kissing Has Become a Viral Symbol of Peace.By Sulome Anderson
We posted the picture without a second thought.
My boyfriend is Jewish, raised in an orthodox family, and I’m half Lebanese. Last week we were on vacation and, at the suggestion of a journalist friend, added a photo of us together in support of what was then a little-known initiative called Jews and Arabs Refuse to be Enemies. I wrote those words on a piece of paper, kissed my boyfriend, snapped a picture, and posted it on the group's Facebook page. I also tweeted it to my modest following and added this caption: “He calls me neshama, I call him habibi. Love doesn’t speak the language of occupation.”
It went viral.
With the Israeli ground assault in Gaza now in its fifth day and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still very fresh in everyone's mind, American air carriers have suspended their regularly scheduled flights to Israel for at least 24 hours. Delta, United, and US Airways made the decision to stop shuttling people to and from the war zone on Tuesday, after the FAA issued a warning about a Hamas rocket, "which landed approximately one mile from [Tel Aviv's] Ben Gurion International Airport." Lufthansa, Air France, and KLM soon followed suit.